KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian sports could be facing another doping issue as it was leaked that a national athlete who competed at the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, has tested positive for a banned substance.
On Tuesday, a blog, owned by a famous sports writer, revealed that the athlete was tested prior to his competition, but the result was only released after the end of the Commonwealth Games.
It claimed that the athlete won a bronze in the Gold Coast. The athlete could now lose his medal due to the violation.
Efforts to contact the National Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (Adamas) to confirm the case, however, were unsuccessful.
National Sports Institute (NSI) chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azim Zabidi declined to confirm the case.
“I do not want to comment as I have not been informed about it yet,” said Azim.
Malaysia won 12 bronze medals in the Gold Coast.
They were Afiq Ali Hanafiah (men’s T12 100m), Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong (badminton — men’s doubles), Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (badminton — mixed doubles), Nafiizwan Adnan (squash - men’s singles), Fazrul Azrie Mohdad (weightlifting — men’s 85kg), Leong Mun Yee-Nur Dhabitah Sabri (diving — women’s 10m platform synchro), Leong Mun Yee-Nur Dhabitah Sabri (diving — 3m springboard synchro), Amy Kwan (gymnastics — individual all-around and hoop), Koi Sie Yan (gymnastics — ribbon) Alia Sazana Azahari (shooting — 25m pistol), and Ho Ying-Karen Lyne (table tennis — women’s doubles)
There have been several high profile doping cases in Malaysia over the last few years.
Diver Wendy Ng tested positive for the appetite suppressant sibutramine at last year’s KL Sea Games and was subsequently stripped of the two gold medals she won.
National hockey goalkeeper S. Kumar failed a test for the same substance at last year’s Asia Cup in Dhaka while weightlifter Hafifi Mansor tested positive for anabolic steroids at the Australian Open, also in 2017.